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Q2 Billings Area Weather: First real 2021 rain and snow for many Thursday

Some travel concerns in Southeast Montana
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Posted at 4:26 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 18:31:24-05

BILLINGS — A weather disturbance rolling from west to east Thursday highlights the weather.

With increasing clouds Wednesday night, mild overnight temperatures in the 20s to low 30s start Thursday. Showers will slide down the mountains and foothills before sunrise, but wind could back much accumulation.

With a push of cooler air, showers will start to develop with a brisk north wind. Rain and snow showers will develop affecting visibility in some areas. By later Tuesday, some bursts of a little heavier snow could produce travel concerns on Interstate 90, north of Sheridan, Wyoming.

Overall snowfall totals looked light, with around 1 to 2 inches possible in southeast Montana and northern Wyoming. Bursts of heavier snowfall could reach 3 to 5 inches. Most of the area, including Billings, are on target for an inch or less.

Portions of eastern Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota could pick up some flurries or showers early Friday before the system moves out of the area.

Despite the front system moving through, temperatures will be in the 30s to lower 40s both Thursday and on Friday.

Billings forecast:

Wednesday night… Increasing clouds with a chance of light overnight snow. A low of about 31.

Thursday… A chance of morning light snow showers and then rain and snow likely in the afternoon. Cloudy with a high near 43. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Showers are possible through around midnight.

Friday… Some clearing overnight with a low close to 29. Partly cloudy by the afternoon with a high around 39.